Keep or Trade? 7 Ways to Get More From Your Fencing Coach

Do you need a new coach?

Are you getting the most from your fencing coach?

The answer depends on two things. It partially hinges on the coach. Having a knowledgeable fencing coach who you get along with is crucial. But it also depends on you: How you engage with your coach during your lessons determines what you get from them.

And if you’re not getting the most out of your fencing coach, what’s the answer? Do you get a new one or change the way you do things?

Swordplay LA is here to help you answer that question. We’re going to talk about what you can do to strengthen your coach-student relationship — which will mean more winning and learning — and what to look for when hunting for a new coach.

Let’s start with what you can do.

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How to Maintain Your Fencing Gear: The Foil

You can’t find anything wrong with your body cord: There aren’t any breaks in the cable, no overly-compressed pins rattling in the socket receivers, and no cold solder joint on the A clip. Yet you still get that irritating off-target light on blade contact. That means something is loose in the weapon between the tip and the guard, possibly in multiple places.

Whenever your foil has a technical problem, the off-target light fires on blade contact because the circuit in the foil is broken for more than 15 milliseconds. The boxes neither know nor care where or why the break occurs — could be a properly depressed tip on a hit, could be something loose — it sees the break and the off-target light fires.

Without further delay, let’s dive into some of the intricacies of foil repair with plenty of how-to videos!

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6 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Fencing

Have you ever paused to consider what life lessons fencing can teach you? Some lessons that might have already occurred to you could include:

  • Don’t underestimate women, old people, or fourteen year old girls.
  • When in doubt, go for the jugular.
  • Lefties are evil.

But seriously, when you’ve been fencing long enough, you’ll pick up life lessons that will help you land a good job or thrive as an adult. We encourage you to reflect on what fencing has taught you about life, but here are seven life lessons to get you started.

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Fencing Your Way Into College: The Essentials

Whether you’ve reached your junior or senior year of high school, you’ve probably started thinking about college (or maybe you’re just a really ambitious underclassman). Whichever group you fall into, you’ve given some thought to which university you want to attend. You’ve probably thought about your major, too. And even though you haven’t made any definite decisions, one thing is certain: You’d like to know how to get into college with fencing.

While we definitely recommend boasting about your fencing experience, you need to be strategic. Like any other part of your college application, getting into college with fencing isn’t as simple as waving a magic wand. You need to evaluate your fencing goals before including it on your college application.

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Here’s Why Swordplay LA’s Fencing Classes Are Perfect for Beginners

Are you dissatisfied with your current fencing classes? Maybe you feel like the class spends too much time with warm-up exercises. Or perhaps you think the class includes too many games and not enough fencing. But the bottom line is that you need a new fencing class where the students can improve and have fun.

Swordplay LA, a fencing club in Los Angeles, has a developed a new class system for people like you. Students are already demonstrating vast improvements and we have the stories to prove it. But before we get to those stories, you’re probably wondering: What makes these new fencing classes different?

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How to Maintain Your Fencing Gear: The Body Cord

You’re getting ready for a fencing bout: You hold the body cord as you put on the jacket, put on the lamé, you hook up to the reel box, and you’re ready to fence. But as you lift your arm to test your opponent’s gear, the box shows an off target touch. Or maybe your opponent’s light registered off target when they tested your lamé — or there was no light at all, if you’re a sabre fencer — but you know that it doesn’t have any dead spots.

You test every other weapon in your bag, but the same problem keeps arising. Then you use a different body cord, and everything starts working. You correctly conclude that something’s wrong with the first body cord, but what’s the problem and how do you fix it?

Welcome to the second installment of our fencing gear maintenance series, where we discuss how to fix some common technical difficulties that fencers encounter with their gear. Today, we’re focusing on the piece of equipment that most often gives fencers grief: body cords. We’ll look at some of their most common problems, why they occur, and show you how to fix them.

If you haven’t read part one yet, go do that. It has crucial background information. If you’ve already read it, let’s get started!

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5 Reasons To Go To Swordplay LA’s Summer Camps

Kids Jedi Summer Camp at Swordplay LA Fencing ClubWith school out and Southern California’s abnormally hot weather,  letting your kids stay indoors and veg out is, in the words of Darth Vader, “all too easy.” But summer is the time to try new and exciting things, so set them on an adventure!

Swordplay LA, has been providing unique and amazing fencing summer camps to Los Angeles families for over 25 years. Our Action Adventure Camps are a great way to stay active, have fun, and create new friendships.

Here are 5 reasons you should sign up for one of our awesome fencing summer camps today.

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Here’s How Fencing Can Teach Your Kids Strong Values

You want your child to pick up a sport not just so they can stay healthy, but so that they can learn crucial values that will turn them into great people once they grow up. But you’ve run into a problem: Sports that involve balls don’t seem to do it for them.

You’ve tried soccer, you’ve tried basketball, you’ve tried baseball. Maybe they don’t mind playing these sports in the backyard every now and then, but when you tried to put them on a team. . .well, you’ve probably heard this line more than once:

Do I have to go to practice this week?

And just when you ran out of ideas, you remembered that Olympic fencing is a thing, and that your child loves any movie that involves sword fighting! Their eyes absolutely light up and they can’t help but try to imitate the duels. You’re almost sure that they’d love fencing if they gave it a shot.

But there’s one nagging question keeping you from signing up your child for that free trial lesson:

What values can my kid possibly learn from whacking other people with a metal stick?

That’s a natural question for a parent to ask. After all, attacking someone with a weapon, even if it’s non-lethal, seems somewhat antithetical to learning how to be a good person. But ask any fencer or any coach and they’ll tell you that fencing taught them more than just how to stab people for fun.

Fencing can teach your child about respect, accountability, and perseverance. Let’s talk about how that happens.

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How to Make Time for Fencing When Life Gets Busy

You’ve taken a free trial lesson, you’ve taken some lessons and classes, and you want to keep fencing. But you’ve run into a problem that most adults run into: Your busy schedule. Between work and family obligations, you’ve found it difficult to make it to the club consistently.

How do you make time for fencing when life is busy? It all comes down to intentionally carving out time and having a reliable accountability system.

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Teenager Looking For A New Sport? Here Are 4 Reasons to Pick Fencing

You’re in high school and you’re looking for a new sport. Or maybe you’re just looking for a sport, period. You have a lot of options: cross country, soccer, basketball — but since you’re here, you clearly have the wisdom to realize that fencing (the art of stabbing people for fun) could be a great choice, possibly superior to all of those other options.

Now you’re just looking for some definitive reasons to give fencing a try. Well, there are four big ones.

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